Book Recommendations for Muggles

In honor of the last Harry Potter movie coming this weekend (yeah!) I decided to make a list of books you might want to check out if you love Harry Potter (and who doesn’t). I’m not going to bother reiterating Harry Potter’s plot because frankly you should know it by now! These recommendations and annotations have been taken from Reader’s Advisor Online :

1) The Prydain Chronicles by Lloyd Alexander

Taran the assistant pig keeper is desperate for adventure. Along with a band of friends he embarks on a quest which pits him against an evil lord. But will becoming a hero and falling in love with a princess be enough?

2) The Dark is Rising series by Susan Cooper

In this much loved series, five young friends join to fight the forces of evil by using maps, clues and magic.

3) The Dalemark Quartet by Diana Wynn Jones

Magic, witches, spells, time travel, terrible danger, spies, royalty, epic journeys and battles fill these related stories of four young people in the divided country of Dalemark.

4) The Earthsea Series by Ursula K. LeGuin

Long before Harry Potter, there was another impulsive young wizard with strong powers. And he went off to wizard school. This classic multilayered fantasy series explores serious themes against the backdrop of Earthsea–a magic world of uncharted islands and oceans.

5) The Wind on Fire Trilogy by William Nicholson

In this timeless world, everyone is judged and placed in society by their performance on exams. When their little sister fails a test and their father is banished to take a special course, Kestrel and her twin brother Bowman embark on a quest to find the voice of the wind singer in order to restore their family’s good name.

6) Circle of Magic Series by Tamora Pierce

Four young children from the Circle Sea are found to have unique powers. But sometimes their magic spells entwine and spin out of control. They are brought to the Winding Circle Temple to learn to control their massive talents and use them to work together.

7) His Dark Materials series by Phillip Pullman

Lyra’s Uncle Asriel learns of a parallel world where magic exists and people have animal familiars. Lyra and her daemon are pulled into this other world and meet Will, a boy from yet a third universe. Lyra must learn to use her talents to keep Will safe—and to play her part in the fight between good and evil.

Apparently I’m not the only book-minded person to have thought of this so check out these excellent suggestions as well:

This is a great article from a blog called RA for All. Fantastic suggestions for grownups who love Harry!




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4 responses to “Book Recommendations for Muggles

  1. I read The Dark is Rising series as a teen and loved it! This makes me feel like reading it again.

  2. Me too!! I was totally obsessed….we must be psychically linked because I was thinking about reading it again. After all the million books on my to-read list 😉

  3. Can’t wait to start on this list. As an English major who lives at the library, I am embarrassed to admit I have not read any of them! Do you think they are okay for tweens, too?

    • I would say that the “Dark is Rising” series would be appropriate for tweens as well as the His Dark Materials series (although some parents have issues with its’ supposed atheism). I believe that Earthsea is actually written for adults and probably not appropriate. To be honest I am not 100% sure on the other series! Hope that helps.

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